The Gen­eral vs the Ad­mi­ral:

Could Ukraine’s armed forces have pre­vailed in Crimea?

The Ukrainian Week - - CONTENTS - Yaroslav Tynchenko, Deputy Di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Mu­seum of Mil­i­tary His­tory, Re­search De­part­ment

Could Ukraine’s armed forces have pre­vailed in Crimea in 2014?

The Obolon Dis­trict Court in Kyiv is hear­ing a case in which for­mer Pres­i­dent of Ukraine Vik­tor Yanukovych is be­ing ac­cused of trea­son and of aid­ing and abet­ting the start of war. Most re­cently, Ad­mi­ral Ihor Te­niukh, who was Min­is­ter of De­fense in Fe­bru­ary and March 2014, and Verkhovna Rada Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to Con­trol the Ac­tiv­i­ties of the De­fense Min­istry Gen. Volodymyr Za­mana, who was Chief of Gen­eral Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces prior to Fe­bru­ary 19, 2014, tes­ti­fied be­fore the court.

Adm. Te­niukh stated that on Fe­bru­ary 28, 2014, dur­ing a meet­ing of the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil chaired by act­ing Pres­i­dent Olek­sandr Turchynov he had an­nounced: “To­day we can bring to­gether a mil­i­tary force of over 5,000 ser­vice­men from across the coun­try who are ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing out mil­i­tary du­ties. We can toss them at Crimea but this won’t re­solve the prob­lem in the penin­sula. We will sim­ply sta­tion them there... And what about the thou­sands of kilo­me­ters of bor­ders and Rus­sia’s prepa­ra­tions for an in­va­sion? If they en­ter Ch­erni­hiv Oblast in the morn­ing, they’ll be in Kyiv by evening!”

Later, dur­ing his speech in the Verkhovna Rada, in his com­ments to the press, and dur­ing the re­cent court hear­ing, Adm. Te­niukh con­sis­tently main­tained this po­si­tion.

Mean­while, Gen. Za­mana cat­e­gor­i­cally ob­jected to Te­niukh’s po­si­tion both dur­ing ser­vice meet­ings, and in com­ments and in­ter­views that he gave to the press. At the Feb. 8, 2018, court hear­ing, the court tran­script shows that he tes­ti­fied in Rus­sian: “We had se­ri­ous prob­lems with pro­vid­ing, equip­ping and train­ing the Armed Forces. Ba­si­cally, they were com­bat-ready. We had about 165,000 ser­vice­men, of whom 90-100,000 were com­bat­ready, armed and equipped. These were our rapid-re­ac­tion forces. An­other 30-35,000 were forces on alert and they needed to be prop­erly equipped. Then there were our ex­panded forces: for­ma­tions and mil­i­tary units that

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